Begin Date: Summer Session 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR SARA C. PARKS, in charge
Through this program, students can prepare for positions in recreation/leisure services. It provides the basis for supervisory and administrative positions for federal, state, and local leisure service agencies such as hospitals, park systems, and environmental centers, as well as commercial recreation and tourism agencies, university student unions and/or intramural programs, nursing homes, churches, private voluntary agencies, armed services, and any other delivery system providing recreation services. Four options are offered: (1) Commercial and Community Recreation Management, (2) Golf Management , (3) Park Management and Environmental Interpretation, and (4) Therapeutic Recreation.
Students who have completed 28 credits with a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major after filing a written application. Freshman students are admitted directly into the Golf Management option at the University Park Campus only. In addition to the University's academic requirements, each student admitted to the Golf Management option must have a playing proficiency represented by a minimum golf handicap of eight or lower. This must be certified in writing by a PGA member or golf coach.
For the B.S. degree in Recreation and Park Management, a minimum of 124 credits is required for the Commercial and Community Recreation Management, Park Management and Environmental Interpretation, and Therapeutic Recreation options. For the Golf Management option, a minimum of 126 credits is required for the B. S. degree in Recreation and Park Management. (To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have completed 6 credits from courses offered in the college and outside the department in which the major is offered.)
COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option focuses on management in the private/commercial, non-profit, and public sectors of recreation/leisure services. The private/commercial focus will be o interest to students seeking careers in a variety of commercial settings such as resorts; theme parks, convention centers; sports and fitness facilities, including arenas and stadiums; tourism promotion/planning agencies; and employee recreation departments within corporations. This focus will also appeal to students wishing to become entrepreneurs. For those interested in the community, public, or non-profit sectors this option prepares students for positions within municipal, state, and federal government agencies; recreation divisions of the armed services; YMCA agencies; United Way agencies; scouting organizations; university-affiliated units such as student unions, intramural and alumni services; and other nonprofit organizations.
GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option helps prepare students to manage golf facilities within the municipal, military, public, and private sectors. In addition to the core curriculum in Recreation and Park Management, this option includes a strong basic education in business coupled with course work in turf management and hospitality. Each student completes sixteen months of Co-op education under the supervision of a Class A member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.
PARK MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION OPTION: This option helps prepare students for program-related careers in environmental interpretation or management-related careers in recreation and parks. One track focuses upon natural and cultural history interpretation, including environmental education. Another track emphasizes outdoor recreation and adventure programming. These two tracks would be o interest to students seeking positions with federal, state, and local governments, as well as the non-profit and private sectors. The third track focuses on the management of facilities and resources in recreation and parks. It would be of interest to students seeking employment in facility and resource management with public recreation and park agencies (local, state, and federal levels), camps and commercial facilities.
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION OPTION: This option helps prepare individuals to provide comprehensive therapeutic recreation services. These services are intended to facilitate the development of a satisfying leisure life-style for individuals of all ages experiencing limitations through disability, illness, or restricted social conditions. It will be of interest to students seeking employment in health and human service agencies, including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and a variety of treatment, residential, and community-based facilities.
RECREATION AND PARK MANAGEMENT MINOR: Students must take R P M 101(2), 120(3), 236(3) 356(3), 465(3), and select 6 additional credits, which must be from 400-level R P M courses, for a total of 20 credits.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(3-7 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 10-16 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 68-75 credits
(This includes 3-7 credits of General Education courses: 3-4 credits of GQ courses, 0-3 credits of GN courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 27-28 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
R P M 101(2), 120(3), 201(1), 236(3) (Sem: 1-4)
R P M 277 DF(3), 356(3) (Sem: 3-6)
R P M 460(3), 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)
R P M 433W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
EDPSY 101 GQ(3), STAT 100 GQ(3), or 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 41-47 credits
COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY RECREATION MANAGEMENT OPTION: 42-43 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
R P M 210(2), 300W(3), 394(1) (Sem: 3-6)
R P M 410(3), 415(3), 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from:
ACCTG 211(4) or HR&IM 335(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B LAW 243(3), HR&IM 318(2), 443(3), MKTG 220(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MGMT 341(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits (at least 3 at the 400 level) from department list in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
GOLF MANAGEMENT OPTION: 46-47 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (43 credits)
B A 250(3), B LAW 243(3), R P M 295A(1) (Sem: 3-6)
HR&IM 336(3), MKTG 220(3), R P M 360(3), 395B(2) (Sem: 5-6)
HR&IM 318(2), R P M 410(3), 470(3), 495B(3), TURF 235(3) (Sem: 5-10)
HR&IM 466(3), R P M 495C(4), 495D(4) (Sem: 9-10)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
ACCTG 211(4) or HR&IM 335(3) (Sem: 3-6)
PARK MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION OPTION: 41-42 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
R P M 320(3), 394(1) (Sem: 3-4)
R P M 480(1), 495A(12) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-22 credits)
Select 6 credits from courses with the following abbreviations: E R M, FOR, GEOSC, W F S (Sem: 3-6)
Select among: a, b, or c (15-16)
a. Select 15 credits from R P M 325(3), 326(3), 327(3), 425(3), 430(3) (Sem: 3-8)
b. Select 9 credits from R P M 325(3), 330(3), 334(3), 430(3), 440(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from department list in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
c. Select 9-10 credits from ACCTG 211(4) or HR&IM 335(3), MGMT 100(3), 341(3), MKTG 221(3) or R P M 410(3), R P M 334(3)  (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from R P M 435(3), 470(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits at the 400 level from department list, in consultation with faculty adviser (Sem: 3-8)
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION OPTION: 41 credits
ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from HD FS 129 GS(3), 229 GS(3), 239 GS(3), 249 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits (at least 3 at the 400 level) from department list, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer 1998
Blue Sheet Item #: 26-03-070
Review Date: 6/3/99